Disaster and Emergency News and Resources for Housing Counselors

This page contains a collection of news, resources, and guidance to assist housing counselors with response and recovery efforts specific to disasters. Launched in 2017 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this page is updated frequently with the latest information and links following each new disaster that occurs.

All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by disaster are encouraged to review the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Resources located on the HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs. This page provides immediate access to the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit, Disaster Recovery Flyers, and other HUD, FEMA, and federal partner resources.

Reminder: Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect of an agency’s purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify HUD (their point of contact) within 15 days. Please send your questions to housing.counseling@hud.gov. Please type “DART” on the subject line.

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Ready.gov can help housing counselors learn how to educate clients about disaster preparedness.

Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit

How HUD Helps After a Disaster

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For comprehensive emergency shelter, housing assistance or other resources, visit:

Need Housing Assistance?

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Housing Counseling Disaster Resources

Recovery Resources for Homeowners and Renters:

Homeowner-specific Resources:

For a comprehensive list of emergency resource and disaster recovery links, visit the Need Housing Assistance? page.

FEMA Declarations

Read the 2018 disaster declarations made by FEMA where individual assistance is offered:

Disaster Incident Period Declaration Date
Florida Hurricane Michael
October 7, 2018 October 11, 2018
Northern Mariana Islands Typhoon Mangkhut
September 10, 2018 -
September 11, 2018
September 29, 2018
South Carolina Hurricane Florence
September 08, 2018 September 16, 2018
North Carolina Hurricane Florence
September 07, 2018 September 14, 2018
California Wildfires And High Winds
(Lake County added – in addition to Shasta)
July 23, 2018 August 04, 2018
Hawaii Kilauea Volcanic Eruption
And Earthquakes (DR-4366)
May 03, 2018 -
August 17, 2018
May 11, 2018
Hawaii Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides,
And Mudslides (DR-4365)
April 13, 2018 -
April 16, 2018
May 08, 2018
North Carolina Tornado And Severe Storms
April 15, 2018 May 08, 2018
Indiana Severe Storms And Flooding
February 14, 2018 -
March 04, 2018
May 04, 2018
Alabama Severe Storms And Tornadoes
March 19, 2018 -
March 20, 2018
April 26, 2018
American Samoa Tropical Storm Gita
February 07, 2018 -
February 12, 2018
March 02, 2018
California Wildfires, Flooding, Mudflows,
And Debris Flows (DR-4353)
December 04, 2017 -
January 31, 2018
January 02, 2018

For a complete list of FEMA Declarations, visit the FEMA webpage.